—On a four-game winning streak, the UE men’s basketball team finished the regular season with 18 wins — a career-high for Marty Simmons-coached Aces teams in six seasons. But senior Colt Ryan insists UE isn’t done yet as the Aces head into the Missouri Valley Conference tournament.
—After Saturday’s win over Indiana State, UE in the computers: 85th at KenPom.com, 95th by Jeff Sagarin and 101st in the ratings percentage index. The Sycamores remain a solid 79th in the RPI despite losing five of their last six games.
—UE’s quarterfinal Arch Madness matchup against Indiana State will air live locally on Fox Sports Midwest and Fox Sports Indiana. In states outside the MVC footprint, it’s available on ESPN3.com. John Rooney will do play-by-play and Mark Adams color commentary.
—Look later this week for a link to follow the game and chat here during the game. The setup will be similar to this game blog from UE’s season opener at Notre Dame.
—Give Terre Haute Tribune-Star sports editor (and Indiana State beat writer) Todd Golden (@TribStarTodd) a follow on Twitter this week for updates on the Manny Arop situation. Arop, the Sycamores’ second-leading scorer, sat out the second game Saturday of an indefinite suspension. If he gets cleared before tip time Friday, Golden will know first.
—The UE’s women’s basketball team’s senior day loss Sunday stung for reasons other than a spoiled sendoff in Samantha Heck, Meagan Collins, Chelsea Falkenstein and Taylor Ware’s final home game. The Aces no longer control their own postseason destiny, and needing four wins in four days seems likely.
—After the game, coach Oties Epps said sophomore Juliann Miller’s suspension for “repeated violations of expectations we have” will extend through the end of the season. Miller, a reserve guard from Louisville who averages 4.2 points per game, has now missed UE’s last six contests.
—Epps’ squad dropped its ninth game in 10 tries, with all but one of those losses coming after leading scorer Khristian Hart tore her anterior cruciate ligament. Hart, a sophomore, had a successful surgery last week to repair her left knee.
—UE’s baseball team won its home opener Sunday by a 13-1 score over visiting Wisconsin-Milwaukee. No. 1 starting pitcher Kyle Freeland gave up one run over seven innings and the Aces added their best offensive output of the season while breaking a six-game losing streak. UE finishes its series with UW-Milwaukee with a noon doubleheader on Monday.
—In Sunday’s win, junior first baseman Johnny Day recorded a hit and a pair of walks — the later no surprise for a guy who leads the Aces in on-base percentage. Day has overcome injuries in both his shoulders so far in a bounce-back season.
—The Washington Post’s John Feinstein profiled former UE coach — now interim at Saint Louis — Jim Crews in a story published Saturday. Crews on his coaching future: “All we ever talked about was this season. I was asked to paint this house, not the neighborhood. When the season’s over, we’ll talk. Let’s face it, in coaching, we’re all interim.”
—Highlight films only show the best, of course, but UE signee Duane Gibson’s best seems pretty darn good. The point guard out of Villa Angela-St. Joseph shows his stuff in a YouTube video posted Saturday.
—UE’s men’s golf team opens its season Monday at the Samford Intercollegiate in Hoover, Ala. Freshman Alex Turner, a Harrison High School graduate, led the Aces in the fall with a 74.62 average over 13 rounds.